The festivities begin at 6 pm with a brief and merry Friends of Music membership meeting. Folks can sign up on the spot and participate in voting for the upcoming year’s board of trustees, as well as symbolically ratify the current board’s actions in the fiscal year just ending. Plans for the 48th annual season of concerts are shared with everyone present.
This half-hour gathering leads at 6:30 to an all-community potluck created by those who have come to break bread together. Hors d’oeuvres, salads, side dishes, and entrées of all kinds make for an eclectic, often multinational meal. An assortment of warm-weather beverages is supplied. Desserts are reserved for a post-concert reception.
At 7:30 pm, the diners and others coming just for the music converge on the church’s sanctuary for an hour long concert. The 16-voice Guilford Chamber Singers will perform what director Tom Baehr describes as “a little of this, a little of that, from the 17th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.” English madrigals and part-songs will be heard among compositions from Canada, Czechoslovakia, and the United States, and a classic from the Great American Songbook.
The lyrics range from Psalm 23 and the Song of Solomon to works by Shakespeare’s contemporary, Christopher Marlowe. Members of the chamber singers include sopranos Janis Chaillou, Christina Gibbons, Jenny Holan, and Sharry J. Manning; altos Mary Lou Johnson, Andrea Matthews, Beth McKinney, and Joy Wallens- Penford; tenors Jeanne Austin, Paul Cooper, Bill Johnson, and Louise Zak, as well as director Tom Baehr; and basses Peter Abell, Orion Barber, Peter Nadolny, and Steve Squires.
Guilford Community Church, which is handicap accessible, is at 38 Church Drive in the Algiers village of Guilford. Pass the Guilford Country Store on Route 5 heading south, take the first left on Bee Barn Road and another left on Church Drive.
Admission is free. For further information contact the Friends of Music office at (802) 254-3600, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fomag.org.